Columbia man gets 22 years for child exploitation

A Columbia man will spend the next 22 years in federal prison for the sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison without parole on charges related to child pornography and the sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to U.S. Attorney Timothy Garrison, Jayme Nathaniel Walker, 43, of Columbia will also have to serve a term of supervised release for 25 years after he gets out.

In March 2017 Walker was found guilty of producing child pornography, receiving child pornography, and transferring obscene materials to a minor. The charges stem from a relationship Walker developed with a 14-to-15 year-old victim in Illinois, with whom he exchanged pornographic photos and videos.

The child's parents eventually found evidence of the activity on the child's electronic devices, which they turned over to authorities in Illinois, leading to the identity of Walker. The male victim told authorities that he had told Walker his true age and that the two had never met in person.

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